Preface: Keeping the RepublicIntroduction: Civic Education, DevaluedPart I: Making the Case1. The Democratic Purpose of Education: From the Founders to Horace Mann to Today2. Safeguarding American Exceptionalism: An Uninformed Citizenry Risks Ceding Excessive Power to Government3.The Right to Know Your Rights: Civic Literacy, the Miranda Warnings, and Me4. My Immigrant Tale: Assimilation and the Road to SuccessPart II: From the White House to the Statehouse—Policymakers' Lessons Learned5. Civic Nation: My White House Mission After 9/116. Civic Literacy and No Child Left Behind: A Lesson in the Limits of Government Power7. A Failure of Leadership: The Duty of Politicians and Universities to Salvage Citizenship8.Forgetting MLK's Dream: How Politics Threatens America's Civil Rights Memory9. Revolutionary Ignorance: What Do Americans Know of the Original Tea Party?10. Core Curriculum: How to Tackle General Illiteracy and Civic Illiteracy at the Same TimePart III: In the Classroom—What Works, What Doesn't11. Fighting Civic Malpractice: How a Harlem Charter School Network Closes the Civic Achievement Gap12. The KIPP Approach: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World13.The Wisdom of 20,000 Teachers: Strengthen State Requirements, Stop Marginalizing the Founders14. Teaching Political Sophistication: On Self-Interest and the Common GoodPart IV: Among the Ivory Towers—Fighting Civic Neglect in Higher Education15.Good History and Good Citizens: Howard Zinn, Woodrow Wilson, and the Historian's Purpose16.Talk is Cheap: The University and the National Project, A History17.Don't Believe the Hype: Young Voters Are Still Disengaged, and Universities Have Few Incentives to Fix It18. Donor Intent: Strategic Philanthropy and Civic Education on CampusPart V: A Vision for the Twenty-First Century19. After the Digital Explosion: Education and the Threat to Civil Liberties in the Internet Age20. How School Choice Enhances Civic Health: Vouchers and Informed Politics21. Education vs. Indoctrination: What Separates Sound Policy from State Overreach?22. Letter to President Obama: A Policy Approach for the Federal Government
The past is critical to the future—a commonplace observation that would not be notable if the findings in this important book had turned out differently. As it is, Teaching America chronicles the nation’s civics deficit, arguing eloquently and sensibly for a renewed commitment to education about public life... This book and this project are excellent places to begin.